July 17, 1998
Grass and weeds were removed from the area immediately north of the trench, approximately E137-149/S19-22, where the northern wall of the orientalizing structure is preserved to the height of the walls of the Upper Building. Only about a meter separates this wall and the northern wall of R14. This work was done in preparation for future excavation between these two walls.
Work continued leveling out E138-139/S23-24 to the level of the orientalizing floor. This work will continue in the afternoon and material recovery will be recorded then. However, it should be noted that a portion of a globular impasto pot (1) and a fragment of ridged impasto (#3) were found.
Work was continued in E140/S23-24 lowering the 60 cm section. All of the medium brown soil with root matting (Locus 37) was removed. This work produced 12 fragments of ceramic and 3 fragments of tile, one of which was a section of covertile (15 cm long). A lump of bronze (#2) was also recovered.
At a depth of 40 cm b.d., approximately, a yellowish brown, grainy soil (Locus 38) was revealed.
As work will continue in this area in the afternoon, material recovery will be noted then.
The trench was also extended to the west: the area of E137/S23 and the northern half (50 cm) of E137/S24, as well as small portions of E136/S23 and the northern 50 cm of E136/S24. The portions of E136 are limited due to the presence of the Upper Building walls in the northwest corner of R14. The southern 50 cm of E136-137/S24 has been left so that the southern section can be drawn by the architect.
Work was begun in this area removing a medium brown soil with thickly matted roots. This work will also be continued in the afternoon.
Work continued in E140/S23-24 removing the yellowish grainy soil (Locus 38). This work produced 5 fragments of pottery and 11 fragments of tile. At the southern end of the cut, several large stones (20-30 cm) appeared at the level of approximately 35-40 cm b.d. These stones may be associated with the archaic wall dividing R14, which forms the eastern boundary of this cut.
In E138-139/S23-24, work continues leveling to the orientalizing floor (Locus 32). This work produced 2 full latte boxes of pottery and bone, and 22 fragments of tile and plaster, as well as numerous small bits of terracotta (1 cm or less).
The work in E136-137/S23-24 continued as well; more of the medium brown, root-matted soil was removed (Locus 39). This work produced 12 fragments of pottery and 13 fragments of tile.
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